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Fu Xiao Mai Granules, Single 2g Packet

Fu Xiao Mai Granules, Single 2g Packet

Fu Xiao Mai Granules, Single 2g Packet

Brand TCM Zone Single Herb Granule - Single Packet
Unit Size Single 2g Packet
Dosage As directed
Potency 5:1 extract granules
Taste Sweet, slightly salty
Properties Cold
Contraindications Contraindicated when sweating is caused by a pathogen in the exterior.
Chinese Symptomology Sweating
Actions Augments the Heart qi, inhibits the Heart fluids, clears heat from the pores and interstices, and thus stops spontaneous sweating and nightsweats.
Pattern Qi deficiency;Yin deficiency
Channels Entered Heart
Branch Heart
Chinese name Fu Xiao Mai Granules
English name Light Wheat Grain

Excerpted from Bensky:  Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica

  • Inhibits sweating:  for many kinds of sweating from deficiency including spontaneous sweating from qi deficiency, and nightsweats from yin deficiency*

Sweet, such that it augments the qi, and slightly salty, such that it cools, Tritici Fructus levis (fu xiao mai) is light in weight so that it reaches outward to the exterior, yet enters the Heart channel where it conserves the yang fluids of the Heart. Because it reaches the exterior with a gentle cooling and restraining actions and nourishes the Heart qi, it is most often appropriate for stopping both spontaneous sweating and nightsweats. The Grand Materia Medica says that Tritici Fructus levis (fu xiao mai) is "sweet, salty, cold, and not toxic. It benefits the qi, eliminates heat, stops spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, steaming bones, and heat from deficiency, and consumptive heat in women." In Convenient Reader of Materia Medica, Zhang Bing-Cheng says that it is "Sweet, salty, eliminates heat from deficiency, cools and inhibits the Heart yang fluids." However, Treasury of Words on the Materia Medica suggests a somewhat different view of its actions: Tritici Fructus levis (fu xiao mai) is the husk of wheat, dried and floating, without [containing the] flesh [of the grain]. Light in weight and drying in nature, it excels in eliminating wind-dampness within the Spleen and Stomach. If dampness predominates with excessive sweating, dry-fry and decoct one or two decaliters (ge) to drink. If the spontaneous sweating or nightsweats are due solely to deficiency of yin and yang, this is inappropriate. While this view may seem contradictory, in the clinic it is not uncommon for dampness within the exterior - or just below the exterior, at the level of the flesh (part and parcel of the Spleen and Stomach) - to prevent the normal outward dissipation of heat, so that the heat increases locally and forces sweating by extruding the dampness outward. Greater accumulation of dampness at these levels may result in forcing heat upward toward the head, where there is less flesh, to that the patient sweats only on the face and head. This mechanism of action - dispersal of the pathogenic influence rather than inhibition of the sweating itself - seems to be supported by a passage in Encountering the Sources of the Classic of Materia Medica: "the ability of Tritici Fructus levis (fu xiao mai) in inhibit nightsweats is through its dispersal of heat from the skin and interstices." This understanding is reflected in certain modern texts as well. For example, Practical Differentiation of Chinese Materia Medica quotes the statement in Encountering the Source, then comments: "In summary, the effects of Tritici Fructus levis (fu xiao mai) are chiefly those of augmenting the qi and eliminating heat; its ability to stop sweating in not caused by restraining and inhibiting." --excerpted from Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.


Fu Xiao Mai - Tritici Fructus Levis

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